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‘Glee’ Season Premiere Recap: Rachel Attacked By Vicious Dance Teacher

Thu, September 13, 2012 11:43pm EDT by Chris Rogers 1 Comment
Glee Season Premiere Recap
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Rachel gets her butt kicked by gorgeous but nasty NYADA dance teacher, Kate Hudson while New Directions fight over who’ll be ‘the new Rachel.’

Season four of Glee is all about change and while that may feel like an ice cold slushie to the face for die-hard fans, the season premiere, airing September 13, provided a breath of fresh air to the aging series.

A New York State Of Mind

The season premiere opened on Rachel (Lea Michele) smack dab in the middle of a NYADA class, trying to impress her gorgeous but giant b***h of a new teacher Cassandra July (Kate Hudson, who does a fabulous job in this role — if I do say so myself). While Cassandra is a bit rough on Rachel — “you suck” comes to mind — toughness is often the best motivation.

Rachel tries her best to adjust to New York with a roommate whom she never sees (except for when she’s wrestling around in the sheets) while staring at a wallet-sized photo of Finn (Cory Monteith) and missing him. Moments later, her love for Finn is forgotten (Only for a hot second! Don’t freak out on me, gleeks.) when the perfectly chiseled new boy comes bouncing out of the shower after a sexy rendition of Sister Christian. (Yes, when a man like Brody Weston (Dean Geyer) is singing “Sister Christian,” it’s sexy.) Brody is a musical theater major and they bond in the co-ed bathroom.

Finding ‘The New Rachel’

The New Directions are all scrambling to find “The New Rachel,” the star of the glee club. Blaine (Darren Criss), Brittany (Heather Morris), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Vocal Adrenaline transfer (?) Unique (Alex Newell) all think of what Rachel would sing and they come up with the song of the summer, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe!”

Unfortunately Blaine, Brittany, Tina and Unique will have more than just themselves to compete with. With the graduating class out of the way, auditions are held for a group of new kids — including Marley (Melissa Benoist). Her mom is a school lunch lady and is willing to do anything to help her daughter — even sewing name brand tags into Marley’s goodwill sweaters to make her look wealthier than she is. (Why didn’t I ever think of that?)

Worthy of ‘The X Factor’

Rachel makes a bold move and suggests she smells alcohol on Cassandra’s breath. Ms. July quickly reacts by insisting it’s “Listerine” and yells that she can dance in circles around the class as she launches in a super sexy mashup of Lady Gaga’s “Americana” and Jennifer Lopez’s “Dance Again.”

Back at the New Directions auditions, Jake (Jacob Artist) takes the mic and kills it with The Fray’s “Never Say Never.” His audition is cut short and as he assumes it’s because he’s not good enough, he kicks the mic stand and exits the stage. (Sound familiar?)

Rachel kills it in class as well while performing “New York State of Mind.”

Blaine Is ‘The New Rachel’

After an online vote, Blaine is voted the next Rachel!!!! (Can you tell I’m excited?) To be honest — was there ever any doubt? Darren Criss is by far the star of the show.

Marley secures the only new glee club spot, making her mom proud. Marley admits to her mom that the kids often make fun of her and she hates having to hide her mom’s true identity. Her mom tells her that if the kids learn their connection, she’ll never be able to sit at the popular kids’ lunch table anymore. As they’re all eating lunch the next day, Marley snaps when the kids begin to make fun of her mom again.

Rachel struggles to impress Cassandra, but it’s a lost cause at the moment. In fact, Ms. July insists that she’s going to make Rachel’s life a living hell.

Signs Of A Promising Future

The glee club apologizes to Marley before her and Unique get slushies — earning them their official welcome to the glee club! The group ends the episode with a song and dance number with Adele’s “Chasing Pavements.”

Last but certainly not least, an overly emotional Rachel — experiencing what seemed to be a breaking point — was consoled by a reunion with Kurt (Chris Colfer) in New York City!

What did you think of the season premiere of ‘Glee’? Are you a fan of the new characters? Who are you missing the most? Sounds off below on all of that and more! And make sure you vote for who you think should be the next Rachel in our poll below!

— Christopher Rogers

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